Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January) are all public holidays (bank holidays) in the UK.
Because Christmas Day 2016 and New Year’s Day 2017 both fall on a Sunday, Tuesday 27 December 2016 and Monday 2 January 2017 become substitute bank holidays.
Public Transport Services over Christmas
Public transport is limited over the Christmas period, so make sure you plan your journey in advance. There is no public transport on Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, public transport starts to wind down from early evening, including no night buses. Check back nearer the time for full details of transport over Christmas in 2016.
Some taxis are available although they may charge more on Christmas and Boxing Day. You should check details before travelling and book in advance to avoid extended waits.
Check the Transport for London website www.tfl.gov.uk before travelling.
Train Services to London over Christmas
London on Christmas Day
Most businesses and attractions close on Christmas Day in London, and many close from 24 to 26 December, as well as 1 January. So make sure to check before travelling.
There are still plenty of things to do on Christmas Day in London. See top London landmarks on a Christmas Day tour, attend a traditional church service, book a restaurant lunch with the family, see London’s beautiful Christmas lights, or cheer on the swimmers racing for the Peter Pan Cup in Hyde Park. Take a look at our article for more ideas.
Hotels and Restaurants on Christmas Day
Boxing Day and January Sales in London
Activity returns to London on Boxing Day (26 December). The January sales start in many London shops and public transport also resumes but with a limited service.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in London
Central London will be very busy on New Year's Eve mainly due to London’s New Year's Eve fireworks, which is once again a ticketed event in 2016. There is only limited public transport on New Year’s Day, so check Transport for London’s website for details and make sure you plan your journey in advance over the New Year period.
Take a look at our round up of things to do on New Year’s Eve for ideas on how to celebrate the New Year in London.